Hell or High Water (2016)

hell-or-high-water“We ain’t stealing from you. We’re stealing from the bank. ” – Toby

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Nov 2016)

Brief Synopsis – An aging Texas Ranger, days before retirement relentlessly pursues two bank robbing brothers who have a very interesting scheme in mind.

My Take on it – When this movie came out in the summer, I had heard so many people claiming how amazing a thriller it is and couldn’t wait to see it myself.

First thing I must state is that this isn’t really a thriller, it is a cleverly laid out drama that is played out as a slow thriller.

The reasons for every action of the characters are slowly explained to the viewer in a way that feels like they are leaving breadcrumbs for us to follow back along the way to completely understand the big picture here.

The cast is great and both Chris Pine and Ben Foster shine here as the bank robbing brothers with a plan.

But the best partnership is between Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham as police partners working together to try and catch the robbers.

Along the way, they both constantly try to insult one another as much as possible which shows the chemistry and deep affection that the have for one another as partners, and it works extremely well.

The themes touched upon here subtly discuss issues that have been popping up more and more over the last decade and this is definitely a clever way to bring some of those issues to the forefront.

I wouldn’t call this one of the best films of the year, but it is quite entertaining as long as you make sure to carefully follow everything that happens along the way.

Bottom Line – Very clever and interesting drama that is played out as a slow thriller.  Every step is carefully planned out in the storyline and they leave us little breadcrumbs along the way in order for us to find our way back to connect the dots. Great cast. Pine and Foster are great as the brothers and Bridges and Birmingham have great chemistry as partners who try and insult one another all the time showing their true affection and partnership.  Not the best movie of the year, but one that is developed exceptionally well.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The phrase “come hell or high water” typically means “do whatever needs to be done, no matter the circumstances”. It also refers to the “hell or high water clause” which is a clause in a contract, usually a lease, which provides that the payments must continue irrespective of any difficulties which the paying party may encounter. Both definitions apply to different parts of the plot in this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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5 thoughts on “Hell or High Water (2016)

  1. Nice review. Hell or High Water is actually one of my favourite films of this year; I thought it was really entertaining, with a nice balance between action and character development.


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